Tag Archives: RSS

Console RSS news reader

I was looking for one today, and only found these three:

Raggle – written in Ruby, last version dates 2004, feeds-articles-content layout common to graphical aggregators.
Snownews – a simple list layout.
Newsbeuter – very much like mutt in layout.

All three support some sort of filtering/grouping; and importing/exporting OPML.

Here’s the memory usage:

PID USERNAME THR PRI NICE SIZE RES STATE TIME WCPU COMMAND
36264 user 1 96 0 24100K 19852K select 0:12 0.00% ruby
36506 user 1 5 0 14388K 10632K ttyin 0:07 0.00% newsbeuter
35062 user 1 5 0 6728K 3664K ttyin 0:00 0.00% snownews

Other notes:

  • Snownews doesn’t support Atom. The other two do.
  • Snownews and Raggle have feed encoding conversion problems, at least on my machine. Newsbeuter doesn’t.
  • Snownews and Raggle can be run under cygwin. Don’t know about Newsbeuter.

Atom to RSS converter

Here’s one that worked for me.

RSSOwl2 M7 on FreeBSD

I managed to run it from the Eclipse IDE, after installing the java/eclipse-devel port (had to use the -devel, since I needed version 3.3.1.1 at least, as specified on the RSSOwl project page). Then it’s pretty straightforward, just follow the instructions.

I am yet to find out how to build a stand-alone version. Eclipse RCP seems to be relevant.

RSSOwl 1.2.4: use Firefox instead of Mozilla on both FreeBSD and Windows

Setting “Use external Browser” allows using the default browser on Windows, but on FreeBSD, it’ll use Mozilla. Yes, that old one.

You could set the “path to external browser” to fix FreeBSD, but it’ll then break Windows.

The escape from this narrow dilemma, after some simple analysis, must come not from RSSOwl, but from one of the systems.

My solution is to create links on FreeBSD that point to Firefox:

cd /usr/local/bin/
sudo mv mozilla mozilla.orig
sudo ln firefox mozilla
cd /usr/local/lib/firefox
sudo ln firefox-bin mozilla-bin

Make sure not to use ln -s, since you never know what’s in those uninstallation scripts and whether they follow symbolic links. You might just get your Firefox executable removed when uninstalling Mozilla.

Nope, think again

Of course, Newsfox had to freak out on Windows. Switched to RSSOwl version 1. Now that’s supported on both platforms.

I’ve slept 4 hours last night, and it wasn’t the healthiest sleep. Getting up at 7 or so tomorrow to be at an environment-preservation event.

P.S. Nah, I didn’t go. Instead, I’ve finished the portable amplifier box, the microphones, and went out to a festival for field testing.

Feed aggregation: NewsFox plugin

After struggling a while to launch a working RSSOwl 2.0 on my FreeBSD, I was reminded that there’s a whole bunch of browser plug-in readers. I’m using Firefox, and have only checked Sage that far (and a long time ago), so I decided to give it a try again.

As you could expect, Sage was still lacking the features I expected from an RSS reader, among them displaying unread count by feeds/categories, automatic feed aggregation upon clicking a category, etc.. I’m not saying Sage is bad, I’m saying it’s not suitable for me. (That’s why I switched to RSSOwl in the first place.)

Then I tried a bunch of other reader plug-ins. Most of them didn’t have something, too (or maybe I just missed it, the blatant ignorant lazy ass that I am). One of them stood out, though: NewsFox. It has unread counts, aggregation upon clicking a category, per-feed/-category preferences, and even a few whistles, like tag-feeds and date correcting.

There are a few annoying features, too. But I don’t mind suffering them, considering the options of running two different readers on Windows/FreeBSD and having to synchronize them; or using Google Reader and what not – a hu-u-uge hole in privacy.